Bonds of Blood: Gender, Lifecycle, and Sacrifice in Aztec Culture by Caroline Dodds PennockBonds of Blood: Gender, Lifecycle, and Sacrifice in Aztec Culture by Caroline Dodds Pennock

Bonds of Blood: Gender, Lifecycle, and Sacrifice in Aztec Culture

byCaroline Dodds Pennock

Hardcover | November 12, 2008

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The history of the Aztecs has been haunted by the spectre of human sacrifice. Reinvesting the Aztecs with a humanity frequently denied to them, and exploring their spectacular religious violence as a comprehensible element of life, this book integrates a fresh interpretation of gender with an innovative study of the everyday life of the Aztecs.
CAROLINE DODDS PENNOCK is Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield, having previously held posts in Cambridge and Leicester. She is the author of both popular and scholarly articles on Aztec and Atlantic history and has also worked on several projects for the BBC.
Title:Bonds of Blood: Gender, Lifecycle, and Sacrifice in Aztec CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:225 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.69 inPublished:November 12, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230003303

ISBN - 13:9780230003309


Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables Note on Translation and Terminology Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Glossary Introduction Living with Death Birth and Blood Growing Up Tying the Knot Marriage and Partnership Outside the Norm Aging and Mortality Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"This study, beautifully written and organized, is a fresh approach to both the problems of understanding Aztec human sacrifice, a problem as old as the first European viewers of this society in the sixteenth century, and of characterizing Aztec gender relations, which was introduced as a field of study in the latter half of the twentieth century. With exhaustive research Caroline Dodds Pennock ties together these two strains of enquiry in a tour-de-force argument that resolves many seeming contradictions and allows the modern Westerner to enter Aztec society with less apprehension. While making sense of Aztec thought, even more valuable is her humanization of the Aztecs through the publication of the few texts that reveal intimate and individual aspects of behaviour and interpretation of well-known formulaic pronouncements as moving expressions of human emotion. This last is a difficult feat to accomplish for a culture that is usually presented as overwhelmingly communal, public, and unfeeling." -- Emily Umberger, Arizona State University*Winner of the Royal Historical Society Gladstone Book Prize 2008*The judges said of Dr Dodds Pennock’s book: ‘Her analysis of the rich but problematic evidence is unfailingly rigorous, supplemented by insights drawn from modern anthropological and sociological studies, and from gender theory. Both theoretical and methodological sophistication, however, are worn lightly. What emerges is a vivid and convincing reconstruction of a society whose harsh view of life and death was tempered by the experience of warmth, and even joy, achieved through human relationships and the routines of everyday life.’